Jeju United 0-0 Pohang Steelers

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You can’t tell from the photos that it rained all evening, or that all but the most hardy spectators were trying to shelter from the wind and rain under the roof on the west side of the stadium.

This was a top-of-the-table clash between the Steelers, top of the league, and United, third. United brought more of a sense of purpose and urgency to the contest, with the Steelers appearing happy to settle for a draw from the outset. Both sides had chances, both sides hit the bar, but it was Jeju who looked more likely to break the deadlock.

Despite the dampness, the Jeju crowd got behind their team when things got exciting on the pitch. Late in the second half, a Steelers player was shown a red card after bringing down a player just outside the penalty area (below). The resulting free kick came to nothing, but the 30 or so Steelers supporters went quiet until the danger was over.

This is a long, long way from the Premiership: the crowds are tiny, the ticket prices very low, and I don’t know how the economics work. It’s good to watch, all the same, although it would be better if it wasn’t raining quite so relentlessly.

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Fish in Seogwipo 5-day market

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You can’t go far wrong with some photos of fish in a market. These were taken at today’s Seogwipo 5-day market and are a reminder of just how many different kinds of fish are caught in the waters around Jeju and are available for the table. Some of the fish laid out on one table were still moving.

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K-League in the World Cup Stadium

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The last time I saw a football match was when I watched Yokohama F Marinos play out a 0-0 draw on a wet Yokohama night. Last night I watched Jeju United play Jeonbuk in the K-League in the World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo. There is a link: Both stadiums held matches in the 2002 World Cup, hosted jointly by Japan and South Korea.

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Neither side had any clear cut chances in the first half and with the score standing at 0-0 at half time, another goalless draw was a distinct possibility. It wasn’t to be, with Jeju United, in the orange strip, scoring two second-half goals to give the 2300 or so crowd something to cheer.

That puts United in third place in the league, on equal points with the two teams above them, Ulsan Hyundai and Pohang Steelers.

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Seogwipo 5-day market

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It’s raining. It has been all day so here are some photos from Seogwipo 5-day market, which is a large covered market that sells all sorts of things. I don’t think the photos need any explanation, other than the top one, which is of a row of jackets on hangers – I liked the colours.

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Seogwipo sunset

Saeyeon_gyoJeju, or parts of it, have been awarded three UNESCO designations in recognition of its unique characteristics: it’s been designated as a Biosphere Reserve, World Natural Heritage site and a Global Geopark. There are certainly some impressive features.

The bridge in the photo above (taken with my iPhone5 because I’d left my camera at home) joins a volcanic island to the mainland next to the harbour of Seogwipo, the main town on the south coast. The island in the photo below, Beomseom, is another volcano (of course), supposedly resembling a crouching tiger. If you saw such a volcanic island off the coast, rising steeply out of the sea, why would you look for a resemblance to anything else?

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